Imagining difference: the experiences of ‘transnational’ Indian IT professionals in Germany

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Abstract:

In this paper we explore the motivations to migrate and the migration experiences of 22 Indian IT professionals in Germany. When studying skilled migration, Germany is an interesting case as it struggled with waves of extreme right activities whilst trying to attract IT professionals from outside the European Union at the same time. In this context, we are interested in the conflicts that the migrants may experience as a result of their desire or obligation to move, their specific cultural baggage and the way in which they encounter the different sides of German society.

Keywords: Germany; Indian IT professionals; conflict; culture; in-depth interviewing; skilled migration; transnationalism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4762.00253

Affiliations: Urban and Regional Studies Institute, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, Email: b.van.hoven@frw.rug.nl

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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